Roger Federer defeated 64th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in the third round as he won 37 of 40 first-serve points and stretched his Wimbledon winning streak to 29 sets on Friday.
A year ago, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title without dropping a set.
Federer’s best run at the All England Club is 35 consecutive sets, from 2005 to 2006.
The eight-time champion and No. 1 seed next faces 22nd-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3.
“Against big servers who go for a lot it’s always difficult to find rhythm and be sure that you are in driver’s seat until the match is over,” Federer said.
“I was happy to stay clam and finish off the job. I thought I did very well today. I created more chances in the second set and was always able to stay pretty clean on my own service game.
“It’s a wonderful feeling walking out there, I take every match one at a time, I try to put on a good match, try hard every time, and will never underestimate anybody – that keeps me in check.”
UNSEEDED MONFILS TRUMPS QUERREY
Unseeded Frenchman Gael Monfils tamed the power of American Sam Querrey to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time on Friday, having previously fallen six times in the third round.
It looked like being a familiar story for the 31-year-old when 11th seed Querrey bombed down nine aces to win the opening set but crowd-pleaser Monfils responded with some dazzling tennis to win 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court.
Monfils levelled the match with an ace of his own after breaking for a 5-3 lead in the second set.
A forehand pass gave him the breakthrough midway through the third set and Querrey’s resistance faded in the heat as Monfils raced through the fourth set in 23 minutes.
South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson reached the last 16 for the fourth time with a straight-sets win over experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
The way he played in his 6-3 7-5 7-5 victory suggested Anderson could go further than ever before at the All England Club.
Anderson, 32, pressured Kohlschreiber from the start and was gifted an early and decisive break as the German double-faulted and he netted a forehand in the second game.
The South African also broke at the start of the second set but Kohlschreiber hit back immediately.
Anderson bided his time and broke at 5-5 with a forehand winner and held for a two-set lead.
He got a huge slice of luck at 5-5 in the third set when his backhand return flopped off the net tape and over to earn him the break and he served out to love, clenching his first and roaring his delight as Kohlschreiber’s return flew long.
Anderson, the only African left in the singles draws, will face Monfils for a place in the last eight.
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